• Ph.D. , Political Science, The University of New Orleans


Dr. Baodong Liu is a professor of political science at the University of Utah. His main research and teaching interests include urban and racial politics, voting and elections, cross-racial political analysis, and quantitative research methods.


Dr. Liu’s most recent scholarly books include Solving the Mystery of the Model Minority: the Journey of Asian Americans in America, The Election of Barack Obama: How He Won, and Race Rules: Electoral Politics in New Orleans, 1965-2006. His books were highly recommended by professional reviews from journals such as American Review of Politics and Urban Affairs Review. For his research on racial and electoral politics, Professor Liu has been the winners of the 1999 Byran Jackson Award from the American Political Science Association, the 1999 Ted Robinson Award from the Southwestern Political Science Association, the 2004 Artinian Award from Southern Political Science Association, the 2001 Jessie Ball duPont Summer Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and the 2007 Triss Endowed Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 


Professor Liu has published seven scholarly books and more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, which appeared in Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, Sociological Methods and Research, PS: Political Science and Politics, Urban Affairs Review, Political Behavior, Journal of Urban Affairs, Politics and Policy, American Review of Politics, among others. 


Dr. Liu currently is the Principal Investigator for a grant provided by New America to study the effects of ranked choice voting in the 2020 Democratic primary elections. He has also provided his expert opinions and empirical analyses in more than 20 federal voting rights cases. Dr. Liu’s applied research/grants have included analyses of economic development, racial voting patterns, public school science education, school districts' economic impact, and various citizen surveys. He has provided his expertise to the US Department of Justice, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C., NAACP, the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, Fond du Lac School District, Johnson Controls, Inc, City of Waupaca (WI), the League of Women Voters, American Democracy Project, Wisconsin Public Service, and many media outlets.


A former member of editorial board for Urban Affairs Review, Professor Liu also served as the editor of Urban News for the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics Section, and was elected as a co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Caucus of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2006. He was elected to Board of Directors of National Association for Ethnic Studies in 2013.